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About Ayse Gunaysu (34 Articles)
Ayse Gunaysu is a professional translator, human rights advocate, and feminist. She has been a member of the Committee Against Racism and Discrimination of the Human Rights Association of Turkey (Istanbul branch) since 1995, and is a columnist for Ozgur Gundem. Since 2008, she writes a column titled "Letters from Istanbul," for the Armenian Weekly.

Armenian Genocide Commemorated in Turkey

ISTANBUL, Turkey (A.W.)—On April 24, the Istanbul branch of the Human Rights Organization of Turkey organized an event commemorating the Armenian Genocide in Istanbul. The commemoration was held in what was formerly the “tobacco warehouse,” now renovated and being used for exhibitions, [more...]

April 27, 2009 // 28 Comments

Learnings from the Sari Gelin Case

It was March 8, 2005 when BBC News reported how Turkey renamed “divisive” animal names on the ground that they were “contrary to Turkish unity.” The report said that Turkey “is changing the names of three animals found on its territory to remove references to Kurdistan or Armenia. … The [more...]

March 4, 2009 // 1 Comment

Trained to Be Less Demanding and More Thankful

An environment dominated by less democracy and more authoritarianism generation after generation, and a constant deprivation of some of the most fundamental human rights—coupled with a collective memory of severe punishment in case of disagreement—eventually results in a mutation of the [more...]

March 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

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About the Apology Campaign

The old Turkish movies had a common pattern: There were the good ones and the evil ones. Life was much easier for the audience back then. They knew whom to applaud and whom to condemn, where to feel sorry, where to rejoice and where to get angry. In that world, the beautiful and the ugly, the good [more...]

January 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

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